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Suffolk Cruse Bereavement Care

Private pumping stations

UK Power Networks - new incident/fault reporting phone number

UK Power Network and the Priority Customer Service.

Flood warning - Deben estuary: Dated 13th Jan 17 

Opportunity to get involved in developing a major new project to benefit the Stour and Orwell area

Post Office Consultation

New Kirton Ward sign at Ipswich Hospital

Walking Map

Fostering Teenagers

Grass Cutting by SCC

updated Housing Options document

Bus Services- Changes from Tuesday 29th March

Warm Homes Healthy People

Action on A14 delays

FPAAP response: The Parish Council have responded to the SCDC Felixstowe Peninsular Action Plan (including house building land options for Kirton)

Do you have some spare time on your hands and want to help combat speeding where you live?

East Anglia Offshore Wind. What it is all about and how it will affect local roads and footpaths in our area during construction. more

Taylor Wimpey Plans for B&M Concrete site - update (first printed in the Kirton & Falkenham Review July 2015)

Community Projects

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 Suffolk Cruse Bereavement Care is a charity which supports the bereaved in Suffolk who's aim is to support anyone of any age, however and whenever their bereavement occurred, also supporting children and young people.

If you would like to volunteer to support bereaved people, help on their Area Committee or with publicity and fundraising please contact your local Branch:

Ipswich 01473 230888

Suffolk Coastal 01394 670770

www.suffolkcruse.co.uk

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 Private pumping stations

Currently, homeowners have to spend hundreds of pounds every year for electricity running costs, maintenance and repairs to look after private pumping stations. They may even have been flooded if it’s broken down in the past.  

From October 2016, many of these private pumping stations will transfer over to Anglian Water and become their responsibility. They will take over all of the maintenance and the running costs too, saving customers hassle, worry and money.

AW are asking for your support in letting local residents know about this, and asking them to get in touch with them if they think they have a private pumping station. 

To help customers identify and report the pumping stations easily, AW have launched a specialist website: www.spotapumpingstation.co.uk.

If you have any questions about this campaign, please reply to privatepumpingstations@anglianwater.co.uk. For any other queries, please contact AW Public Affairs Team on public.affairs@anglianwater.co.uk.

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 UK Power Network and the Priority Customer Service.

The link below includes registering your mobile for text alerts in your local area.

http://e-ukpowernetworks.co.uk/1T2Q-4LSW7-A6J0LXQH97/cr.aspx

Additionally, you may also be interested in links  to Winter preparedness – Health and well being, and Weather guidance.

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/winterhealth/Pages/KeepWarmKeepWell.aspx

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/barometer/get-ready-for-winter

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 UK Power Networks - new incident/fault reporting phone number

On 6th September a new national phone number “105” will be launched by electricity network operators for customers to call should they need to report or get information about a power cut in their area. 

Key points to note about this service are:

Dialling 105 will put customers through to their local electricity network operator – the company that manages the cables, power lines and substations that deliver electricity into homes and businesses in their area.

105 is just one of the ways that customers can contact their electricity network operator. They can also contact them by phone or via their website, and most network operators are on social media too.

105 is a free service for people in England, Scotland and Wales.

Customers can call 105 no matter who they choose to buy electricity from.

Customers can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put anyone in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, they should call the emergency services too.

A consumer awareness campaign will run from September through to next spring and will include PR, media advertising, social media and coordinated messaging through partner channels.

Vulnerable customers who would like to sign up to our Priority Services Register can still call 0800 169 9970, email psr@ukpowernetworks.co.uk or apply online at www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority.

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Flood warning -  Deben estuary: Dated 13th Jan 17 -  Areas around Felixstowe are currently facing high tide conditions and flood warnings remain in place until further notice. People are urged to remain vigilant throughout the remainder of today and into tomorrow as the next high tide is due around midnight tonight at Felixstowe. Specific locations that remain at the greatest risk of flooding are:

·         Felixstowe Ferry and Bawdsey Quay

·         Felixstowe Ferry Hamlet and the Deben Marshes

·         Isolated riverside properties on the Deben Estuary

·         Tidal Orwell at Ipswich Quay

Where possible, anyone living in those areas should make arrangements to stay with friends or family outside of the affected areas. Alternatively, the Suffolk Resilience Forum has identified rest centres for people who are likely to need to relocate.  

A rest centre at Brackenbury Sports Centre High Road East, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 9JF is now open. A pick up point is in operation at the Ferry Inn.

Full details available here

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  Opportunity to get involved in developing a major new project to benefit the Stour and Orwell area

The Suffolk Coast & Heaths and Dedham Vale Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are putting together a bid for a Heritage Lottery Fund Landscape Partnership Scheme in the area around the Stour and Orwell estuaries including the Shotley peninsular. 

Workshops are being where people can bounce ideas around, make suggestions, and maybe find new collaborators. Locally there is one running from 7 – 9pm, Thursday 20 October, Kirton & Falkenham Village Hall

If you are attending, please RSVP, saying which evening you’re attending, to schaonb@suffolk.gov.uk

If you have a particular query or idea you’d like to talk about, and can’t come to one of the meetings, please contact bill.jenman@suffolk.gov.uk directly.

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Post Office Consultation

 The government is currently running a consultation on the Post Office network and the services people expect from it. It has a particular focus on smaller, rural communities making it particularly relevant for Suffolk Coastal. 

The consultation asks that local residents and businesses respond saying what they support about local services it would be appreciated. You can respond to the consultation here: https://beisgovuk.citizenspace.com/ukgi/post-office-network-consultation

More information about the background to the consultation is here: www.gov.uk/government/consultations/post-office-network

The closing date for submissions is 21 December.

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 Bucklesham Rd Closure, on 19th December 2016.

Please see the attached  letter regarding road repair works taking place on19th December 2016 for road repairs and resurfacing.  During the period of closure, traffic will be diverted via Trimley Rd, Innocence Lane, Croft Lane, Stratton Hall Rd, Chapel Road and vice versa.  On street parking will be restricted during the period of repair.

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 New Kirton Ward sign at Ipswich Hospital

On 10th August councillors Fred Last & Peter Lickert attended the unveiling of the Kirton village sign outside the Kirton Ward at Ipswich hospital.  Kirton was one of six villages who donated towards the signs.  All the Parishes who participated were thanked for their participation in what the hospital said was seen as important for local and patient inclusion at the hospital.

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   Walking Map

A map detailing walks and sights around Kirton & Falkenham has been kindly developed by Kevin and Anastasya Shepherd.  You'll find a web & mobile friendly version by clicking on the image on the left, and a full sized weatherproof map has been installed on the side of the bus shelter

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 Fostering Teenagers

Do you have a spare bedroom and experience in caring for children - have you ever thought about fostering?  Suffolk County Council is urgently looking for new foster carers, in particular for teenagers. Over half of the children in care are aged 11 or over, yet fewer people come forward to offer care for them. Therefore many teenagers may not be living with Suffolk carers, and will be away from friends, school and their local community. This is where you come in!

In return, the county council provide a highly competitive payment schemewhere you can receive up to £606 per week per child. The scheme allows career opportunities as you develop as a foster carer, recognising your skills, experience and the type of fostering you are offering.

If you think you could become a foster carer, come along to an information drop-in session. For more information visit:www.fosterandadopt.suffolk.gov.uk or call: (01473) 264800.

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 Grass Cutting by SCC

Locally, the verges adjacent to roads and visibility splays at junctions in rural areas are cut by Suffolk Highways, in accordance with a predefined schedule.  The cutting heads on the tractors that are used cut to a standard 1.2metre width and this ‘single swathe cut’ adjacent to main carriageways is carried out on all of the roads on that schedule.  In addition, visibility splays at junctions are generally cut back to a distance of 3m from the give way or stop lines, although this may be extended in some cases due to the geometry of the junction’s layout. All grass is cut to a length of 75mm.

When will the grass be cut in my area?  Suffolk Highways will cut verges adjacent to the A-road and B-road network twice during the grass growing season. The first cut will begin on May 2nd and will take around two weeks to complete. The second cut will begin on 11th July and will take a further two weeks to complete.  The verges on C-roads and unclassified roads will receive a single cut beginning on 6th June and will take around six weeks to complete.

Where can I find out when the grass in my area will be cut? A programme of works can be found on the county council’s website atwww.suffolk.gov.uk/grasscutting

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 An updated Housing Options document for the Felixstowe area including Kirton and Falkenham is available Here

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 Bus Services- Changes from Tuesday 29th March

Service 179 to Ipswich: This will now run on Tuesdays and Thursdays, instead of Mondays Wednesdays and Friday. The service to Kirton from Ipswich at 1525 on Saturdays is cancelled, this was never much use as there was no outward journey from Kirton! A larger (25seat) bus will be used, as it is also required for school journeys to Bucklesham Primary School.

Service 173 Woodbridge-Kirton-Felixstowe: The only change is the cancellation of the 1710 from Woodbridge to Felixstowe on Saturdays, due to lack of patronage. The last bus from Woodbridge on Saturdays will therefore be at 15.55.

For all local services click here Your Link

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 Warm Homes Healthy People

Help with home heating for elderly and vulnerable people Call 08456 037 686

Click here for details

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 Bidwells up the ante on Innocence Farm development - East Anglian Daily Times 12th Feb 16 

'Landowners are refusing to give up on proposals for a massive £60million-plus logistics park in the middle of the Felixstowe peninsula – claiming it is needed to combat competitive threats to Britain’s biggest port.  Suffolk Coastal council though has discarded the plan for a 200-acre site at Innocence Farm between the A14 and Kirton for the time being, and says it has been “removed from consideration”.'

Click here for the full article, which whilst fairly well balanced, does mean that we need to be continually watchful with regard to any planning proposals.  View the response to the article from the PC to the EADT

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 Action on A14 delays

At Monday’s PC meeting (11/1/16) Geoff Christian (public open forum) asked what could be done regarding improving traffic flow/resilience on the A14 following an incident that day on the A14 which led to significant delays in and around Ipswich (2.5 hrs quoted).

We noted K&F PC desire to add their voice to any campaign which might help improve things, and to that end Patricia O’Brian (SCC) has reflected this to other PCs locally.  Patricia has also identified a business-led campaign aimed at improving the A14 between Felixstowe and Newmarket called ‘No more A14 Delays in Suffolk’.  Apparently there was an article in yesterdays EADT, and below is an article from December (below), as well as a link describing the campaign in more detail http://www.suffolkchamber.co.uk/policy/infrastructure/no_more_a14_delays_in_suffolk/

 

Included on the campaign web link is the attached pdf file which highlights the parts of the A14 requiring particular attention.  Areas 8-12 are the ones which particularly impact traffic flows around the East of Ipswich

Patricia has also provided email contacts for other PCs in the Martlesham Division of SCC.  The aim is to create/support any initiative which will provide a solution to this problem going forward.

 

No more A14 Delays in Suffolk - EADT 29th Dec 15

Three leading businessmen from the county have made a joint call for the Government to deliver in the short, medium and long term on measures to ease congestion on key roads in the New Year.

Just before the Christmas break, a collection of Suffolk business leaders and MPs met at Westminster to highlight the urgent need for action to Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Department of Transport Andrew Jones MP.

Now the chairmen of three influential Chambers of Commerce are calling for an end to delays in action, warning that this was having a “negative impact” on the county and its towns. Graham Abbey, chair of Newmarket and District Chamber, Paul Donno, chair of Haverhill Chamber and Matt Moss, chair of Bury St Edmunds Chamber, said future investment was needed to stimulate business growth, attract developer and inward investment and ease traffic congestion through the towns they represent.

“Suffolk and our neighbours collectively are a net contributor to the UK economy but have not benefitted historically from the levels of public investment that would enable us to deliver yet more for UK plc,” said Mr Abbey.

Mr Donno, below, added: “The meeting with Andrew Jones was an important opportunity to have an open and productive dialogue around the key road transport issues affecting Suffolk-based and national businesses but it must only be the start of a process focused on delivery.”

The Suffolk Chamber-led campaign No More A14 Delays in Suffolk supports the delivery of 45,000 jobs, 28,000 homes and £362million gross value added (GVA) in the county and an enhanced and resilient transport link from the Port of Felixstowe to the Midlands and the North of England.

“In the towns and surrounding villages the three of us represent members of the local business community and visitors to our towns all face challenges of congestion on local roads.” added Mr Donno.

“Without immediate action in 2016 which means strategic decisions on short, medium and long term answers for our roads there will be continued frustration for business efficiency and productivity. This will have a continued negative impact on the image, reputation and self-confidence of our towns and our county.”

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 FPAAP response: The Parish Council have responded to the SCDC Felixstowe Peninsular Action Plan (including house building land options for Kirton) incorporating input from parishioners received before the PC meeting on 23rd Nov. The response includes items noted during Public Open Forum held directly before the PC meeting, which was well attended.

Response letter

Response to Sustainability Analysis

The extract of the SCDC document for Kirton is Here

The full SCDC consultation for the Felixstowe area is available at Here

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 Do you have some spare time on your hands and want to help combat speeding where you live?

The Community Speed Watch initiative allows members of the community to address the issue of speeding by becoming actively involved in road safety, monitoring speeds at safe locations with speed detection equipment.

It addresses the problem of speeding through the joint work of the police, local community, parish councils and other partners.

Click here to find more about it

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 A Message from the Parish Council (first printed in the Kirton & Falkenham Review July 2015)

Taylor Wimpey Plans for B&M Concrete site - update

Most of you will be aware of the proposal to build 43 houses adjacent to the new B&M Concrete site, and we felt it would be useful at this stage to give you a brief update.

The plans were formally reviewed by the SCDC Planning Committee on 10th June. Despite considerable concerns raised by the Parish Council, our District Councillor and a member of the Parish regarding the number and types of houses proposed, together with non-sustainable nature of the site (inadequate pedestrian footpath access etc) the proposal was approved. This is a particularly disappointing outcome given the not inconsiderable time and effort taken to elicit views from the Parish community and the extent to which we’d engaged with SCDC and Taylor Wimpey (TW) to take your views into account. The only caveat to the decision is a request for TW to work with SCDC and the PC to investigate a suitable solution to the concerns of pedestrian footpath access; however SCDC have said that they won’t hold the developer to ransom on this. This is particularly disappointing given that the County Highways department also wrote to SCDC raising strong concerns about the lack of pedestrian access, as well as the lack of public transport. TW and SCDC stated that the development would begin soon.

We await further news on TW’s plans and timescales and will inform you when we have these.

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 Community Projects

The observant amongst you may have noticed some improvements around the village over the last year. The list below is the result of a decision taken by the Parish Council to support the improvement of facilities in the village.

Community projects we have either fully funded, or contributed to, include:

Picnic tables on the Village Green

Additional dog bins

Remedial work completed to trees in public access areas near the Church

New rear fire door and front door repair in the Village Hall

Church Hall toilet improvements

KAFPA staging platform

We have decided to adopt a similar approach this year, so if you have a project you wish to progress and are seeking funds to help complete it, please let us know. The main criterion is that the project should be of general or specific benefit to the local community.

Responses please to clerk@kirtonfalkenhampc.bbmax.co.uk by 31st August 2015

(Additional note of November 2015: Whilst this deadline has now passed, the PC will be pleased to receive further project ideas albeit we may not be in a position to consider funding options until next financial year)